I’m a professor in the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. My interests involve communication technology and the development of content for the web and a variety of platforms, delivery methods and devices. I’m also interested in international education and study abroad. I’ve worked with students in Italy, Egypt, Turkey, and England. For the past several years, I’ve run a summer program in Urbino, Italy where students work as multimedia journalists, magazine journalists, and video producers. I served as the Faculty Member in Residence (FMIR) for the JMU program in London (Fall 2009) and will serve as the FMIR for the JMU program in Florence, Italy in Fall 2017.
I am an author of a textbook entitled Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles & Challenges from Wiley-Blackwell Publishing which chronicles the historical development of electronic media technology and examines the current state of both traditional (radio, television, cable) and new media technologies & applications.
Over the past several years, I’ve developed applications utilizing web standards, CSS, video streaming and database-driven websites. I’m currently interested in content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. Though I am mystified by the popularity of social networking, I dabble with Facebook as an “academic” exercise. I believe the greatest software invention of the 21st century is Google Earth.
I was the 2004-2005 President of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the association for electronic media professors and industry professionals based in Washington, D.C. I served as the convention program chair, chaired the Production Aesthetics & Criticism Division, co-chaired the BEA Creative Activities Task Force and served on the BEA Multimedia Task Force. The Creative Activities Task Force led to the development of the BEA Festival of Media Arts, an event which I produced for the first three years of its history.
Besides creating interactive projects I’ve published across a broad range of journals, both academic and trade. Before coming to JMU, I was on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, serving as the Sequence Coordinator for the Broadcasting & Electronic Media Sequence.
Prior to entering academe, I followed a prescribed market-hopping TV news career. My last TV job was as the environmental reporter and weekend weathercaster for KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado where I worked between 1982 and 1989. I also worked as a news photographer, weathercaster and news reporter at stations in Fresno, California and Fargo, North Dakota.
Teaching Interests: Communication Technologies, Networked Multimedia, Video Journalism
Research/Creative Activities: Content Management Systems, Web Standards, CSS, International Education